STOCKTON, CA- The world known Canadian company, Cirque du Soleil, is set to captivate Stockton with its touring show, “Dralion.”
The two-and-a-half hour production, Dralion, a fusion of Chinese and Western art and acrobatic elements, will be at the Stockton Arena for seven performances starting on Wednesday, October 17 to Sunday, October 21.
Created in 1999, the Cirque du Soleil is also known for its vibrant costumes.
Although new costumes are continuously made, Dralion has close to 1,500 costume pieces including hats and accessories and over 300 pairs of shoes which are cleaned and painted by hand every week.
But besides multicolored costumes, the cast of fifty-four performers take over the stage with breathtaking flips and spins.
Among the world-wide performers that challenge gravity and twist their bodies into something other than human is the Spanish, Alex Cuenca.
At a very young age Cuenca was interested in gymnastics, a sport that requires physical strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, speed and balance. In the years to follow Cuenca`s strength and agility led him to compete in major national, European and world championships.
And so after twenty years competing in the national Spanish trampoline team, he joined the Cirque du Soleil troupe in 2008, as a trampoline artist; since then he is been touring the world with the cirque.
“When you compete at the level I was competing, you train a lot, is very stressful, here [Cirque du Soleil] is more relaxed and there is less pressure because I am not competing,” says Cuenca as he describes his transition from athlete to artist and performer.
As a performer there is no judges, there is no winning or losing is only the public, their adrenaline and energy as they applaud.
Cuenca`s trampoline act lasts ten minutes. “This act requires a lot of training; I was at the Cirque du Soleil School in Montreal for four months preparing especially for this show.”
Is that moment, every performance, just before the lights officially go on to jump 7 feet high, my heart beats so fast I feel like it’s coming out of my chest, says Cuenca.
“I always say that the day I do a show and my heart is not beating as fast, that day I will realize that I don’t have to be here anymore.”
Because Cuenca is known for sense of humor and for making others laugh, his warm-up before a show consists of a few stretches and some laughs.
For Cuenca, nothing brings your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh, and so he puts everyone in the right frame of mind.
“Dralion is a complete show where the public is going to see a lot of acrobats, they will see clowns will see, is a show for all ages, with lots of light.”